Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Drivers License’ Newly Released Song Explained

Disney Channel Star, Olivia Rodrigo, released her debut single “Drivers License,” Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. The 17-year old’s heartfelt breakup ballad surged to No.1 on the Spotify charts one week after the single’s release. Earlier this morning, Spotify took to Twitter posting an update on the total number of streams  “Drivers License” has thus far. 

“Drivers License” is the perfect sing-along song to wallow to after a break-up that also provides a sense of empowerment for its listeners. Rolling Stones named “Drivers License” as a potential contender to become the song of the year. 

The meaning behind the lyrics

In an Apple Music interview with Zane Lowe, Olivia revealed her motive behind her hit single. 

Ironically, the tear-jerking song was first-written as she was amid a breakdown.  

Rodrigo said, “I was like driving around my neighborhood actually listening to really sad songs and like crying in the car and I got home and was like, ‘Maybe I’ll write a song about this, like crying in the car.’ So I just sat down at my piano and plucked out some chords that I liked.”

Love triangle theories 

Although it has not been confirmed, fans have been openly speculating who Olivia is referring to in “Drivers License.” For those who are unfamiliar with Olivia’s dating life, she parted ways with her co-star Josuha Bassett from Disney+’s High School Musical reboot in 2020. Joshua Bassett and Girl Meets World actress, Sabrina Carpenter, is rumored to be dating after his breakup with Rodrigo. 

Fans raised eyebrows after they heard the lyrics “And you’re probably with that blonde girl / Who always made me doubt / She’s so much older than me / She’s everything I’m insecure about,” assuming the “blonde girl” is referencing Sabrina Carpenter. 

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Fan reactions to ‘drivers license’ 

Besides fan theories, users of Twitter and TikTok have shown an enormous amount of support for “Drivers License,” to the point where “Olivia Rodrigo” and “Drivers License” is trending on both platforms. Fans posted humorous memes, videos, and tweets of their reactions to hearing the melodrama song for the first time. 

@rileyandmaleah

when the world is going through a breakup and you want to be included @livbedumb ily #fyp #driverslicense #couples

♬ drivers license – Olivia Rodrigo

If you haven’t done so already, go stream “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo on Spotify and Apple Music, but make sure to have a tissue box handy. 

 

Nicole Grappone

Nicole Grappone

Nicole Grappone is currently in her senior year at Molloy College with a major in B.A. Professional Communications with a minor in Television/Film Production. Nicole's dream job is to be a journalist at E! News. She is passionate about celebrity news and creative writing. When Nicole has downtime she often meditates to clear her mind, collects healing crystals at a local metaphysical shop, and reflects on her day in a gratitude journal.

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